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|7 hours 13 min ago||More Or Less...||
As a minor note, there is actually a species - just one, if I rememeber correctly - of palm tree that is native to the Los Angeles area, although few of them actually grow in the city itself (you have to go out into the mountains to find them, usually near watershed areas). You're basically correct though as far as I know - virtually everything that lines streets and adorns yards in and around Los Angeles was not something you would have found there before development, if you will. It is, at heart and before a city was there, a semi-arid grassland with sage scrub and the odd tree grove.
|7 hours 21 min ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
I will freely admit to standing up and singing along to "Varsity" - my wife now wants me to leave the room so she can watch the rest of "Dominion" without singing so-called "weird football songs" at the top of my lungs. I may have to have a chat with her later about those songs and why they are important - she is not a sports person sadly. Naturally, the transition to the last 30 seconds didn't confuse my rhythm at all.
|11 hours 49 min ago||I Wondered About This...||
"One of the cool things about the trip is that they didn't treat me like the 'Make-A-Wish Kid' they were serious about it," said Loszewski. "A lot of the conversation with Mr. Hoke was serious, like the responsibilities of the position I will be playing, which would've been rush-end. A lot of itt was what he would actually say to a recruit. He talked to me as someone who would be playing in August."
I was actually wondering about details like this, and knowing that they stuck to how the actual process would potentially go and make the experience as genuine as possible makes me even more proud of this staff and team. I did like his description of the locker room - I actually didn't know about the Michigan State sign, but I like the motivation tactic.
I still have the image of his dad watching Stephen put on the winged helmet and it still awesome.
|14 hours 5 min ago||Let Me Put It Like This...||
If your son / daughter comes to you and says that, as an incoming member of the bad, you have been given a nickname which is likely sexually suggestive, perhaps even offensive (REF: the report linked in the article) and that, at the discretion of the upperclassmen, you are asked to perform "tricks" which relate to this nickname (in one case, a girl was asked to act as if she was having an orgasm thanks to a vibrator, per the report), you wouldn't raise an eyebrow and see that something was done about this right then and there?
It doesn't matter if it that parent is the first to formally complain (I somehow doubt it for some reason), I can't fathom just telling one's kid something which amounts to, "Well, you know how it is in Marching Band..." That it happened at all is unacceptable really, but that the culture was encouraged by someone supposedly in charge is appalling to me. Sorry, the argument from tradition is a fallacious argument.
|15 hours 3 min ago||Holy Crap...||
Some of the things in the report are mind-boggling when you try - in vain - to comprehend what in blazes went through Waters' mind on a day-to-day basis. For example:
"Each new Band member (traditionally called a “Rookie”) is assigned a nickname by upperclassmen. Multiple witnesses noted that many such nicknames are sexually explicit or have an implicit sexual meaning. One witness said that in 2013, all three new members of one row had sexual nicknames: “Captain Dildo,” “Barker,” and “Pat Fenis.”"
The report lists some nickname that are extremely demeaning, even outright discriminatory. The so-called "Tricks" performed - either on command or at the leisure of the individual - were typically related to the nickname, according to the report as well. There are also mentions of "rookie introductions", which involved sexually explicit questioning and there was even an instance described where someone was made to use a dildo as a microphone.
There were publications as well which floated around which included disparaging things about various people in the band as well as "The Songbook", which as mentioned in the link, included sexually explicit (by some accounts, misogynistic) lyrics written around various school fight songs, even their own.
Much of this is mentioned in the article, but the report has more detail and individual accounts which mke you hope that Mr. Waters never has the opportunity to work in education or near students again. To that effect, Mr. Waters' views on the nicknames:
When asked to estimate how many current nicknames are sexual or offensive, Waters responded that “fifty percent” probably were “questionable.” When asked whether he thought such sexual nicknames are appropriate, Waters answered, “No.” When asked why he then tolerates such sexual nicknames, Waters replied, “Good point.”
|17 hours 41 min ago||And With That...||
NBC ended their article with this bit of appropriate sarcasm:
"But perhaps more poignantly, he’ll be back on the field by October, when the NFL wraps itself in pink to remind us how valuable their female customers are to them."
Just a wonderful, strange world down there at the NFL office in New York. Potential year-long ban for pot, the threat of hefty fines for wearing the wrong cleats (the whole Brandon Marshall thing), but two games for a violent assault on someone. Roger Goodell hasn't perchance visited small terrestrial planet known as Earth, has he?
|20 hours 36 min ago||My Wife Took This...||
...after the Eastern Michigan game in 2011, and I didn't notice at first that in frame was the dedication stone for Varsity Plaza, which happens to contain a very kind year to the program and my sophomore year at Michigan. Myself and my trusty binoculars - my wife had my notebook with plays, drives and some sundry calculations.
|1 day 6 hours ago||I Like It...||
It's a move that needed to be made - a healthy Soria is a pretty dominating late-inning pitcher, but then I saw the names that we parted with to get him and, because of how highly regarded they were, I admit to wincing a little bit. I like the move and the emphasis placed on being successful in the present, but it was a hit on the future potentially.
Soria's present deal, so everyone knows, was a 2-year, $8 million contract with a club option for a third year and $7 million. There was also a $500,000 buyout in the last contract as well.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Suggestion...||
It starts in late September, which obviously cuts into the footbll season, but I would definitely recommend a trip to the real Oktoberfest in Munich if you have never done this. It actually lasts about two weeks and we stayed only a fews days because it was a multi-leg trip, but it was arguably the best party (if you want to think of it as such) that I have ever attended in person at one point.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Time To Go Perhaps...||
Taylor Lewan only 1st Round (yet to sign)
Phrased a little differently and with a little more meat, this probably survives in most cases, but "thoughts?" pretty much opens the door to a minor negbang and a thread which - while funny - is not in any sense the discussion the OP was probably aiming to have. As of this morning, Justin Gilbert hadn't yet signed either, but he did so earlier this afternoon.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Some Information...||
For those in need of some film to view on Marcus Lewis, his Hudl page is right here - LINK
His offers in the Big Ten include Michigan as well as MSU, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Indiana and Rutgers. Beyond the Big Ten, the list includes Oregon, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (YTM), Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and perhaps a dozen others. It's an impressive and eclectic list of schools, to be sure.
|1 day 20 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, while neither Coke nor Nathan have put together a string of superb performances this season (let's put it that way), Nathan still outperforms Coke on a few rather telling metrics such as K/BB ratio, batting average against and Nathan even sports a slightly lower WHIP than Coke as well. That being said, when the WHIP of your closer is 1.53, you have some interesting issues in the bullpen, to say the least.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Wow, Just Wow....||
Oh wow. I don't get misty-eyed a lot, but I did here - this was an incredible piece and it makes this alum very proud of the team and the fanbase that we have.
The moment where he started to suit up is when I got rather choked up, and to have his father there watching him do something he had dreamed of doing...no words. Just "wow".
Thanks for posting this.
|2 days 11 hours ago||CBS Article...||
I didn't see it posted - here's the CBS article on this very thing (LINK).
He shall be playing for the Guangdon Southern Tigers, according to this, and it might not hurt his chances of coming back here if he does well - Gary Parrish is saying that he is a consensus Top 10 pick for the 2015 NBA Draft all the same right now.
Here's the interesting tidbit, albeit a bit offtopic for purposes of this thread:
But multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Mudiay's actual motivation for bypassing a year in the AAC is rooted in the fact that he was facing eligibility concerns -- both amatuerism concerns and eligibility concerns -- and that the odds of the 6-foot-5 guard ever being cleared for freshman eligibility were slim, at best, mostly because he spent two years at Prime Prep Academy, which a source told CBSSports.com has never actually had a class accepted by the NCAA for the purposes of initial eligibilty.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Yeah, About This...||
We're going to try not to have too many of these threads moving forward, because after a while, it would get very....well....anyway, tonight on "It's The Mind", we examine the phenomenon of deja vu...
|2 days 14 hours ago||Just Delete..... I sort of||
I sort of got the idea of what this was about from the context of the thread, but no matter, the thread is deleted at the request of the OP.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Well, I just watched that before I was about to step over to my manager's office to get my midyear review, and not only am I a little more hyped about the prospect, I find myself a little less patient now regarding the start of fall camp and football.
Also, If I heard Ferrigno correctly, he was talking about "higgy lessons". As long as we're not talking about Bobby Higginson, I am intrigued.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Listening Lately...||
It's probably not quite hype video worthy, but I have been rediscovering my rather impressive collection of Tangerine Dream albums lately, as well as Yellow Magic Orchestra. Definitely dated stuff by today's techno / progressive rock standards, but these two groups were innovators back in the day. I actually had Tangerine Dream's 1981 album "Exit" playing a little bit ago...
|3 days 7 hours ago||Very Refreshing In A Way...||
I will say that it is nice to have a good array or Wolverines to watch in the summer league thanks to the staff that has assembled under Beilein. Do I worry about their summer league stats? Not particularly as this is a system which is beginning to churn out a nice volume of NBA talent on a regular basis. That being said, thanks to the OP for the stats - it does give everyon reassurance that not only is Beilein sending people to the NBA but sending contributors to the pros.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Very Strange...||
I will say that I am not terribly perturbed by this development, but I will credit the comments attached to the MLive article for representing the weird elements of the fanbase certainly. There are strange people commenting on that article that seem to earnestly expect that there should be zero attrition in a class that is essentially theoretical. Very strange people indeed.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Actually...||
I actually meant to pull something someone said in response to you which was sort of borderline conspiracy and accidentally pulled that whole chain by mistake. Hit the right radio button at the wrong level of the conversation. If I could undo that, I would do so as I didn't think your comment was the problem per se. Sorry about that :-(
|3 days 13 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Very cool photos - thanks for sharing these! Glad you had a good trip as well.
Minor, possibly interesting fact I found out on a guided tour once - the Livingstone Channel is at least partially manmade. It was widened and deepened via a couple rounds of dredging about 100 years ago - that part of the river was extremely shallow and almost unusable for a boat of any respectable tonnage back then. Those ships had to take the lengthier voyage around the east side of Bois Blanc before then.
The smaller channel on the west side of Grosse Ile - Trenton Channel - looks the way it does mainly because of the turning basin for the power plant there. We dug much of the north end of it during plant construction in the 1930s.
|3 days 14 hours ago||This As Well...||
The second half of that sentence made me wince too:
"...and uncommitted four-star receiver Christian Kirk of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, said that fans of multiple schools have called him at all hours of the day and promised him money and girls if he would commit to that school."
Not only is this an awful and unethical thing for a fan to do, never mind that it is against the rules for a second, but in this case, you have to think that a fair number of the people making such "promises" have neither of these things. I imagine people my age or older trying to entice people half their age or less to come to their school through these means and it makes me shudder in disgust.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
“It’s a lot of fun. This is something you only do once, so I’m going to enjoy (the recruiting process) while it lasts,” Matthew McQuaid said in a phone interview a few days ago. And, yes, Wolverine fans, McQuaid is open to playing at Michigan, which has an offensive system that fits his style of play.
I've heard recruits say this before, and I do agree - they should give themselves the opportunity to enjoy the process and learn everything they can about the various schools that are recruiting them, so it is definitely a respectable stance.
Based on what has been written, of course, I would agree with Erik In Dayton - "do want" is a good label here. Per CBS, he wowed folks at the LeBron James Skills Academy with tremendous outside shooting, including a game or two where Jeff Borzello of CBS claims that McQauid did not miss a three.
As for SMU, I think that leaves them with one guy for 2015, but they'll also have a transfer that is eligible that season, I believe, so technically two new faces for that season.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I'll Answer...||
I see that I have been beaten to the punch on deleting the post, but to answer your question, it is specifically a mod function to delete posts, but you can edit them provided no one has yet responded to your post. Once someone responds, the content is locked in.
As a mod, I can edit and delete my own stuff at will, but that's what that particular level of access affords. If everyone could do it, the continuity in threads would be haphazard at best and in more contentious threads, well....they would likely be impossible to follow. In essence, it would be an unmoderated setting if everyone had the ability to alter the content - if you can delete your own stuff, you get that access for all. That's how the Drupal module for this works, I think (I could be wrong about that).
Anyway, with mod control over that, some of the context in such situations can be preserved. Actually, a bit like this situation.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Regarding That...||
I am going to go out on a limb and say that "Glen Rice" regardless of generation might be one of those names that gets a free pass around here, even if Glen Rice Jr. himself went to Georgia Tech.
I believe he spent most of his time in the D-League last year at Rio Grande and as I recall, he put up some decent numbers, so it is nice to see him get off to a good start this year. Hopefully, it leads to some more substantial time with the Wizards.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Thanks For The Link...||
Thanks for providing the link - it seems that lately, sometimes simply pasting the link doesn't quite work as was the case here. Another thing for the programming to-do list, I suppose.
I was sort of disappointed that there wasn't photo of Nik in their gallery shots of the Las Vegas Summer League, although they were at least kind enough to mention that he wore Hyperdunks. I have seen them on the Foot Locker site - the generally available version is pretty cool actually.
Glad to see Nik getting some deals like this done already. He is definitely poised to build a great future.
|4 days 8 hours ago||If Only...||
"It's not like I would be getting it at home plate," Milovich said. "I'll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up."
Oh, if only Bob Uecker were available for a little color commentary on this particular occasion, it might even go viral despite being an uncomfortable watch.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Looking Good...||
The concepts look great and I really think that this could do at least some small wonders for a part of the near-downtown area north of I-75 that could use a little sprucing up. That area between Cass and Woodward north of the freeway is pretty underutilized. I also like that they are going to take on Cass Park and make it the anchor for the area. I wonder if this will bring a little more business to the Masonic too.
All in all, this is great news for the area. Not sure how many people it would actually attract to live in the city, but it certainly doesn't hurt their prospects for at least slowing a decades-long trend.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Very Nice....||
Well, congratulations to your brother on this new chapter in his life and, if you react like I might to having everything on that list, we shall look forward to your return towards the middle of the week, right? Sounds like an awesome time though.
As for myself, I am awfully late to this party but we had the kids' joint birthday party yesterday and, although beer and wine were not on the menu initially, we did make a beer run later and came back with some Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard, Guinness and a couple others because monitoring kids in a bouncy house and hoping that their running all over the place doesn't result in the trampling of vegetable beds does this to you.